Review – The Determined Heart: The Story of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by Antoinette May

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4.5 Stars

This is an intriguing story of Mary Shelley’s life and how she came to write Frankenstein. The story follows her from a young child through adulthood, describing events that had her thinking, “what if?” The story quickly grabbed my attention and kept me reading, it never lagged or got bogged down in too much unnecessary detail. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction and books based on real/actual events.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – The Visitant by Susanne Chazin

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4/5 Stars

This book is hauntingly beautiful in its style, tone and pace.The author has written the story in such a way that you feel something is being held back so when it’s revealed a major impact will be felt. The tone of the story is quite sad, but in that sadness, friendships and love blossom. I was quite captivated iwth the story and couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing their stories unfold. I was taken by surprise at the ending,I didn’t see it coming. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal – The Second Wife by Kishan Paul

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The blurb about the book:

If you want to live, you must let go of the past…

Twenty-eight-year-old Psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved – a man she believes no longer loves her.

Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then that he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a Delta Force Operative. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time and if he does, will she still want him?

Review – Love at the Apple Blossom Inn by Kristy Tate

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3/5 Stars

What happens when a rock star, living a lie, and a small town girl meet?  This is the basic premise of this novella from author Kristy Tate’s Rose Arbor series.

This is a very short story that in my opinion was not strongly developed,.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the premise of the story, I just think it could have been better sussed out. Things felt rushed, especially Derrick and Janey’s relationship,  I had a hard time believing in it.  The author brought up the tempestuous relationship between Janey and her mother but didn’t really do anything with it, perhaps it was a set up for a future book?

There were things about the novella I also enjoyed.  I liked the story concept and the author’s writing style.  I also enjoyed the sense of comminity, and how everyone came together to support one another.  The town of Rose Arbor and the Apple Blossom Inn sound like nice places to visit.

Overall, I liked the book.  It was a quick and easy read.

I recevied an advanced reader’s copy of this novella, in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

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4/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series and continues a story thread started in the first book. This book can easily be read as a stand=alone, the author does a fine job of providing background information so the reader doesn’t feel lost. I enjoyed this book as much as the first.
Tracy Crosswhite, a Seattle police detective, is on the hunt for a serial killer. The serial killer is nicknamed The cowboy, for the way his victims are hogtied before they’re strangled. Tracy along with task force assigned to bring justice to those who’ve died, look for clues that could bring this killer down.
If that isn’t enough, Tracy has to deal with her boss who is trying to thwart her every attempt by doing underhanded things such as tipping off a reporter. Tracy has an uphill battle trying to wade through false tips and putting the few clues the police have together.
Robert Dugoni slowly builds the tension and suspense with novel. This is one of those books that you won’t want to put down, if you have to then you’ll be picking it up as soon as possible to read more. The character of Tracy is so well written, it’s like visiting an old friend. I’m not sure if there will be more in this series, I for one sure hope so!

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere

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5/5 Stars

Diane Vallere is one of my very favorite authors! She writes books that are layered with subtle nuances that keep the reader engaged and wanting more.
Polyester Monroe is about to re-open her fabrick store, Material Girl. Poly is getting everything ready and even ordered a specail weave of velvet to be carried in her store only. Things hit a snag when Phil Gerard, husband of Poly’s friend Genevieve, is found crushed under all the velvet. Genevieve is the prime suspect when she says “she may have murdered her husband.” Poly sets out to find out what really happened to save her friend and their friendship that’s unraveling.
This is a fast paced story that will quickly grab your attention and keep you turning the pages until the end. I could easily follow the story despite not reading the first book in the series. There are plenty of twists that will keep you guessing until the logical conclusion is reached. The characters are strong and believable. I recommend this book, and look forward to reading more in the series.

I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.